December 22, 1945 - August 31, 2018
Mike Childress 1945 - 2018 On August 31, 2018, Mike Childress, 72, took his last breath on earth and entered into the presence of God through his personal faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. During his year-long battle with brain cancer - with his wife, Annette, by his side - Mike’s positive attitude, courage and complete faith in God were an inspiration to all who knew him. Mike was born in Tyler on December 22, 1945, to Dorothy and John Childress. Mike enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Turnertown with his twin brother, Pat, and their older brother, Johnny. After graduating from New London High School in 1964, Mike attended Texas A&M and afterwards began his 38-year career at Texas Eastman as a chemical engineer, ultimately becoming the face of the company as its Manager of Communications and Public Affairs. It was the perfect position for an upbeat, outgoing man with a sincere desire to connect with people. Mike’s marriage to Annette was truly a match made in heaven; they were blessed with forty wonderful years together, and he was a devoted father to his only son, Casey, and a beloved “Pops” to his granddaughter, Jayde. Mike and Annette were also doting dog parents; their Havanese Happy’s kisses always made Mike smile! The centerpiece of Mike’s life was his unshakable faith in the Lord. For over thirty-five years, Mike was an adored Sunday School teacher, and he especially loved teaching the New Christian Class at Mobberly Baptist Church. The ministry he and Annette started, Reaching Kids 4 Christ, has helped spread the gospel to over 200,000 children in thirty-one countries around the world. Mike had a servant’s heart; he volunteered at Shade Tree, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, and Newgate Mission, where he cooked breakfast and presented devotionals. Mike leaves behind a wide circle of friends with whom he pursued his passion for the outdoors – birding, hunting, fishing and golfing. His sunny disposition and easy laugh brought joy to all who knew him, and his natural warmth cast a glow over his endeavors both big and small, whether playing 42 or Rummikub, or cooking dinner for everybody in the back yard on the Full Meal Grill he invented. Mike was also an accomplished pen-and-ink artist. For 20 years, he was selected to provide original drawings for the Texas Wildlife Association’s Texas Big Game Awards. His artwork is proudly displayed in homes and offices across the country and around the world. Mike always acknowledged that he had been gifted with the ability to duplicate on paper what God had created in life. And those who knew Mike Childress were gifted by his ability to duplicate the love of God in each of their lives. The family would like to thank Dr. Bob Sansom and Heartsway Hospice, especially Susan, and Mike’s loving caregivers, Angel Sammons, Faye Cade, Doris Townsend, Maxine Bowens, and Becky Moore, for their tireless and compassionate care. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mobberly Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on September 6 in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Longview. Memorials may be made to Reaching Kids 4 Christ, 1204 Daffodil Lane, Longview, Texas 75604 or the Preschool Building Fund at Mobberly Baptist Church, 625 E. Loop 281, Longview, TX 75605.
Mike Childress 1945 - 2018 On August 31, 2018, Mike Childress, 72, took his last breath on earth and entered into the presence of God through his personal faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. During his year-long battle with brain... View Obituary & Service Information
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